The 2023 Buick Envision introduces the third model year of the current second-generation crossover, debuting a handful of changes and updates over the previous 2022 model year. Notably, GM Authority has learned that The General is changing the way in which dealers order the 2023 Buick Envision, moving to adopt a port consensus order model.
For those readers who may be drawing a blank, it’s worth covering the differences between a port consensus order model and a standard consensus order model. Essentially, a standard consensus order model enables dealers to request the vehicle they want from the factory at regular intervals or order cycles, also known as DOSP. GM provides dealers with recommendations on which vehicles to order based on market conditions, which the dealer can use as it sees fit. GM can then fulfill the dealer’s request or modify it, depending on availability and constraints. Once a consensus between the dealer and GM is met, the vehicles are then produced and delivered. To note, this model applies to vehicle inventory, and is not related to sold retail orders.
By contrast, a port consensus order model means that GM produces the vehicles which it thinks are needed, as defined by existing constraints. The vehicles are then sent to port, at which time dealers can select from the models available for inventory.
The big difference between these two order models is that dealers have more say in exactly which vehicles are delivered in a regular consensus model. However, in the case of the 2023 Buick Envision, dealers will need to adapt to the port consensus order model going forward.
Notably, the 2023 Buick Envision is only the latest GM vehicle to adopt the port consensus model, with the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer, 2022 Chevy Trailblazer, 2022 Chevy Trax, 2022 Buick Encore, and 2022 Buick Encore GX also adopting the port consensus model, per previous GM Authority coverage.